This Secret Service agent led a nationwide criminal investigation that so far has clawed back more than a billion dollars anyway, awarded to frauds under the Paycheck Protection Program and prevented maybe twice that much from going out in the first place.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has been concentrating on improving service to its veteran constituents. And its had some success. Surveys show a 24% jump in trust in VA over the past few years.
Yolanda López is a finalist in this year's Service to America Medals program and she joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio.
Since the FDA got authority from Congress in 2009 to regulate tobacco marketing, smoking rates in the United States have dropped to 10% for adults and less than 3% for minors.
Steven Musser, deputy director for Scientific Operations in the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, developed the application of a methodology called genomic epidemiology.
In 2020, ISIS made website to sell face masks. A team from the FBI, IRS and DHS stopped and seized 300 cryptocurrency accounts worth $2 million. They're finalists for Service to America Medals and one team member joined the Federal Drive.
Federal employees, no less than people in other occupations, sometimes have to deal with pain resulting from injuries. In recent years, many of them have become addicted to opioids. Thanks to the work of my next guest, over the past five years the number of federal employees using opioids has dropped by 58%. For his work, he's a finalist in this year's Service to America Medals program. Antonio Rios, the division director of Federal Employees', Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation at the Department of Labor, talked with Federal Drive host Tom Temin.
Methane is a useful chemical, but not when it leaks into the atmosphere from production or transport of oil and natural gas. A team of scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology developed a technology for detecting methane leaks and thereby getting them cut off earlier.
Director of State's Refugee Processing Center Hilary Ingraham, and Domestic Resettlement Chief Holly Herrera joined the Federal Drive to talk about their response to the Afghanistan refugee crisis.
It's become an unfunny joke. No matter what crucial intellectual property gets developed in the United States, it gets stolen by China or maybe Russia. A special team deep in the Defense Department has been working on one strategy to counteract this. It looks for investments in U.S. companies by suspicious foreigners. For his work collaborating with many other agencies, the team leader is a finalist in this year's Service to America Medals program.
When a civil war broke out in Ethiopia back in 2020, my next guest worked overtime to ensure humanitarian aid got to those who are desperate for it, and to try and mitigate some of the human rights abuses. Now, he's a finalist in this year's Service to America Medals program. He's the director of the office of East African affairs at the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Krista Kinnard is a finalist in the emerging leaders category of this year's Service to America Medals program. She serves as chief of emerging technology at the Labor Department
The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, known as BARDA, isn't a household name. But it was at the center of federal efforts to get COVID vaccines developed and into the market.
More than two decades after the 9/11 attacks, some victims have not been compensated. This guest took over the Victim Compensation Fund when it was foundering a few years back. Now tens of thousands of people have received payments from the fund.